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Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988


In August of 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, through which the US government issued an apology and monetary compensation to survivors of the Japanese American concentration camps during World War II.

In recognition of this notable anniversary, we present a newly reinstalled final gallery of Common Ground: The Heart of Community, with a new emphasis on redress. Two original pages of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 will be on loan from the National Archives from August 4 to September 23.

The Japanese American National Museum is also partnering with the Go For Broke National Education Center to present two very special public programs commemorating the anniversary.

Please see below for details and to RSVP.


Upper Level Members and VIP Reception

Friday, August 3 • 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

Members at the Director’s Circle level and above are invited to preview the newly reinstalled final gallery of Common Ground exhibition with a new emphasis on the redress movement and its achievements, as well as a new display at the Go For Broke National Education Center titled H.R.442: Nisei Veterans and the Fight for Civil Liberties (August 4 – September 16, 2018).

Presented with the Go For Broke National Education Center. Program with a light reception to follow. Invitations were mailed in July.



Norman Mineta

Reaffirmed Commitment: A Conversation with Norman Y. Mineta

Saturday, August 4 • 2 p.m.


JANM will commemorate this unprecedented event in our nation’s history with a conversation between the Hon. Norman Y. Mineta and Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, Go For Broke National Education Center President/CEO and lead author of Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Achieved Redress.

Museum admission is Pay What You Wish on this day. RSVPs for the conversation are strongly recommended using the link below.


Celebrating Japanese American Redress: A Promise for the Future

Friday August 10 • 3 p.m.


In honor of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, join us for an afternoon of reunion, reconnection, and reaffirmation of our commitment to democracy and justice.

JANM President and CEO Ann Burroughs, GFBNEC President and CEO Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, and Karin Wang, Executive Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law, will remind us that the fight for civil rights is most successful when done in solidarity across generations and regardless of race, class, gender, or any other single factor of identity.

On this afternoon, the museum will be taking group photos of all those involved in the redress movement of the 1980s, as well as those who would like to reaffirm their commitment to democracy today. Following the photos, light refreshments will be served and guests will be invited to pledge their personal commitment to civil liberties by signing our Commitment Banner.

Admission to JANM on August 10 will be Pay What You Wish. RSVPs for the 3 p.m. program are strongly encouraged using the link below. Please note that priority seating will be assigned to those who have made reservations in advance. RSVPs will be released 15 minutes before opening, seating thereafter will be first come first served.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center, JACL: Downtown LA Chapter, JACL National, JACL: Pacific Southwest District, Kizuna, Little Tokyo Historical Society, Little Tokyo Community Council, Little Tokyo Service Center, Manzanar Committee, National Veterans Network, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and Visual Communications.


We Reaffirm Our Commitment to Equal Justice

Pledge Your Commitment to Equal Justice!

Friday–Sunday, August 10–12

Admission on Friday, August 10: PAY WHAT YOU WISH

On the 30th anniversary weekend of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, publicly proclaim your commitment to democracy and equal justice by adding your name to our Commitment Banner! All JANM visitors may do so during regular museum hours, and guests are encouraged to take and share photos with the banner.



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